Sound essays

This growing collection of pieces is my way of studying the style of a specific artist at a specific time in their career.


This piece is my take on the early phasing work of Steve Reich, and in particular Piano Phase and Drumming. It combines two samples of people laughing taken from my earlier piece Contagion. Each laugh sample is broken into component pieces and each piece is taken to represent a drum beat. The piece is composed of three parts:

  1. First sample: Progressive substitution of rests for beat, then progressive superposition of a second, phased version of the same sample.
  2. Progressive substitution of the second laughing sample and a second phased version.
  3. Progressive synchronisation of the second laughing sample and its phased version then progressive substitution of beats for rests.

Leave a Reply